In this episode, I interview Elijah Manning. As Elijah became involved with social justice movements over the past few years, he realized he wanted to do more than just march in the streets. He saw that one of the areas with the greatest potential to make a difference is education, so he is founding his company Inclusive Education, LLC to make that change. People of color and women are completely entwined in our history, our literature, our science, our mathematics, so their contributions should be entwined in our curricula.
Today we are speaking with Connecticut 40th District State Representative Christine Conley. She represents parts of Groton and Ledyard. We’ll be talking about how the Connecticut legislature functions, the integral role of bipartisan cooperation in the structure of the legislature, and the peculiar way that elected representatives can find themselves serving as customer service for state agencies.
In 1936, 27 people came together in Norwich to pool their $15 in assets and form the Norwich Teachers Credit Union. Today, CorePlus has 27,000 members with 260 million dollars in assets. Today I’m speaking with Ray Currier, the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of CorePlus Credit Union. We’ll talk about the importance of banking locally, the value of being a member, and especially banking local is important in challenging times.
As a member of Groton, CT Representative Town Meeting, when I first learned of George Floyd’s murder, my first thought was to check with our own police department and find out if the problems that are endemic in some other departments existed here. In a number of conversation with Chief LJ Fusaro, I found that, while no institution is perfect, the culture of de-escalation and cooperation with community is strong, and the desire to improve is pronounced.
I wanted to give Chief Fusaro the opportunity to share the culture and policies of our local department to share in detail an example of a police department focused on working with rather than over their community.
In the interview, Chief Fusaro mentions Sir Robert Peel, and I believe it would valuable for all of us to become acquainted with the 9 Principles and 3 Core Ideas he laid out for good policing.
Today’s interview is with Patrick Green, President and CEO of Laurence and Memorial Healthcare, a division of Yale New Haven Health, including L&M Hospital in New London, Westerly Hospital, and a whole network of local providers. Patrick discovered a love for the strategic planning side of health care in college, and worked his way up through the ranks. They have a strong commitment to keeping our community well and preventing illness before it happens by supporting everything from local fresh food to affordable housing. It’s about a lot more than treatments and prescriptions.
Pam Days-Luketich is the community development officer at Liberty Bank. Possibly the best job in the world, her job is to network in the community, connect people to resources, and connect bank programs to those who can benefit from them.
Wendy Updegrave is the founder of the East Lyme Community Forum. Most communities have a Facebook forum, or more than one, but most of us don’t know who runs them or how much work it takes to keep them running smoothly. We’ll talk to Wendy about what inspired her to launch the forum and the steps it takes to run a good forum. Turns out that it takes a village to run a forum.
David Haberfeld is a real estate investor and entrepreneur, owning over 50 investment properties, a car dealership Automotive Plus, and a property management company Landlord Solutions. As a teenager, David thought that making $20 an hour as a waiter was the pinnacle of career success, but has ambition and entrepreneurial spirit led him from flipping cars to real estate investing to where he is today. In his youthful enthusiasm, he didn’t understand the need for a mentor, so he learned many lessons the hard way, and shares that learning so that others can learn from his story.
Ron Webb brings years of business experience and a desire to serve to the role of District Governor. Rotary is always here to serve the community, but the engagement has really stepped up during this recent pandemic.
Most people don’t think an area like Mystic would have a homelessness problem, but financial crisis and the danger of homelessness can happen to people anywhere, and here in Mystic Always Home, formerly known as MASH, is here to help prevent a financial shock like a car breakdown or illness from spiraling into homelessness. Today we’ll be speaking with Betty Smith, the executive director of Always Home who will share what Always Home does and how you can help support them.